Theoretically, I should really dislike Virat Kohli. But I can’t…

Only five players have 25 or more ODI centuries, and Kohli has done it in 70 fewer innings than the previous quickest, one SR Tendulkar. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: It almost feels like a birthright. If they’re the best player on the opposition side, then there really is no reason for you to like them. Works for football, works for cricket, works for marbles.

If they’re beating the team you follow or play for – that is, the good guys – then they can only be labelled as the villain. And no-one likes bad guys, right?

Virat Kohli ticks all the opposition bad guy boxes.

Arrogant. Mouthy. Competitive. Really, really good…

Perth centuries show value in the 50-over format

"George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day.."

“George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day..”

The Roar: The great Mark Twain misquote reads, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” and I reckon sometime one-day cricket must feel this way too, sometimes.

Twenty20 cricket was invented in England and first played at a First Class level in the northern summer of 2003. Roughly three minutes after the completion of the first ever game, the first report of 50-over cricket’s demise was penned. Perhaps.

For a format on its death bed, one-day cricket has proved remarkably resilient, to be still going 13 years later, and on Tuesday, we saw four excellent innings that you just wouldn’t in a Twenty20 game…

Third Test, Melbourne: Day 3 – Rahane, Kohli test Captain Smith

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

Virat Kohli (left) congratulates Ajinkya Rahane on his hundred in Melbourne today. The pair added 262 for the 4th wicket. Image: ABC Grandstand

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3...

For the most part, Steve Smith had a tough Day 3…

The New Daily: One of the features of Steven Smith’s captaincy across the six whole days of his reign, up until the start of the day’s play, has been his evident willingness to attack at any given opportunity.

When he’s batting, this is obvious, and with the possible exception of Brendon McCullum, there may not be any other Test batsman in better form currently than Smith.

It’s also been abundantly clear when in the field, when Smith and his bowlers have deployed attacking fields, and bowled very well to those attacking fields to date.

For large chunks of Day 3, things didn’t go well for Steve Smith

STUMPS, Day 3: India resumed 1/108, trailing by 422.

INDIA 8/462 (V.Kohli 169, A.Rahane 147; R.Harris 4/69, N/Lyon 2/108); Australia lead by 68.

Cheap Seats Episode 57: The heroic resumption

the Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I are BACK! The hiatus is over, with the return in Episode 57 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan’s business attire and breakfast choices are duly outed, while Brett may or may not have referred to a Taylor Swift song.

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Episode 57 talking points:

  • Stuff we missed in more than two months off
  • #AskTheCheapSeats: return of the Ninja Turtles, Cheika’s two caps, DRS, and runs for Ed #Cowmentum;
  • First Test in Adelaide: an epic finish to an emotional Test, with stirling performances from Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, and Michael Clarke in various stages of fitness;

We’ll be back for the Christmas edition of the podcast next week, where we’ll wrap up the year and look to relaunch our ill-fated attempt at awards last year, The Cheapies. Nominations welcome!

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap.